Bridging the gap between research and practice

Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences are delighted to be hosting the National Conference for Developmental Coordination Disorder on the 9th and 10th July, 2021. 

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD, sometimes referred to as Dyspraxia) is a motor skills disorder that affects 5-6% of the population. DCD has been described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as occurring when “…the acquisition and execution of coordinated motor skills is substantially below that expected given the individual’s chronological age and opportunity for skill learning and use” (APA, 2013, p.74). DCD is characterised by functional difficulties that effect daily living. There is also evidence of DCD being associated with poor executive functioning, reduced levels of physical activity and other physical and mental health problems.

Entitled “Bridging the gap between research and practice” the 2-day conference will bring together practitioners and researchers to share current good practice and explore the latest research in relation to identifying and supporting children and adults with DCD.

The conference will include keynote talks from Dr Carolyn Dunford (Senior Lecturer at Brunel University and Occupational Therapist) and Dr Liam Hill (Lecturer at University of Leeds).

The conference is recommended to anyone working with children or adults in any of the following fields: Academic Researchers; Occupational Therapists; Physiotherapists, Educational Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services; Additional Learning Needs Coordinators; Teachers of Additional Needs; Disability Services.

The conference logo was designed by Maisy Jones, aged 9 years